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Retention of skills learnt in Alexander technique lessons: 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease

Stallibrass, Chloe and Frank, Christine and Wentworth, Karen (2005) Retention of skills learnt in Alexander technique lessons: 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 9 (2). pp. 150-157. ISSN 1360-8592

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2004.06.004

Abstract

The Alexander technique is a preventive, re-educative, self-help technique for improving the efficiency of overall balance and co-ordination. This paper describes the responses to a questionnaire completed by a sample of 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease six months after receiving a course of lessons as participants in a controlled trial. It is the first time that retention of skills has been investigated in relation to learning the Alexander technique. Twenty-seven people (96%) said that they were continuing to use the Alexander technique in their daily life; most often while walking, sitting or standing. Twenty-four people (86%) were also practising the Alexander technique while lying down in a semi-supine position. Ten people (36%) were using the Alexander technique when they needed more control especially in crowds and social situations and seven (25%) in stressful situations. The responses show that every participant retained some degree of skill; at the same time the responses indicate a wide variation in level of commitment and application.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1532-9283
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alexander technique, Parkinson's disease, Balance, Co-ordination, Skill retention
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:1617
Deposited On:19 May 2006
Last Modified:07 Apr 2008 14:26

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